Building Development Studies for the New Millennium

Meet the authors in our webinar series!

Our webinar series provides the unique opportunity to directly engage with the contributors of the book, to learn more about the research behind and to challenge and discuss!

Read our blog posts by chapter authors

Development Studies Need Social Engagement! by Elisabetta Basile and Isa Baud

Engaged Excellence in Development Studies by Melissa Leach

Can we understand the prospects of development without understanding its environmental dimension? by Imme Scholz

Knowledge, Asymmetric Power Relations and Us by Henning Melber

Development Studies in Spanish: Critical, Constructive and Peripheral by Rogelio Madrueño Aguilar and Pablo José Martínez Oses

How Francophone Scholarship Deepened our Understanding of Democracy and Social Change by Christine Lutringer

What does a gender lens bring to development studies? by Wendy Harcourt

Watch past webinars online!

"Knowledge Production, Ownership and the Power of Definition" - Henning Melber reflects on knowledge production (in development studies), countering power divides and using the power of privilege.

"Building Development Studies for the New Millennium"-  Isa Baud and Elisabetta Basile give an introduction to the book and outline how and why the field of development studies needs to engage with new paradigms and narratives, methodologies and perspectives from the Global South. Watch the video here

"Engaged Excellence in Development Studies" - Melissa Leach and John Gaventa share their reflections and experiences in seeking to promote positive transformative change that is strategically informed by research and knowledge. Watch the video here

Visit our book presentations at events

Milton Keynes, UK, 20 June, 13:00 to 14:00 at DSA 2019 "Opening up Development"

Copenhagen, 28 June, 13:30 to 15:00 at the 5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research (NorDev)

Speakers: Kees Biekart, Institute for Social Studies, The Hague (moderator), Gurminder Bhambra, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, Tiina Kontinen, Academy of Finland and University of Jyväskylä, Melissa Leach, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Henning Melber, EADI and Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Julia Schöneberg, University of Kassel

Bonn, 11 July, 16:30-18:30 at the German Development Institute: Environment and Transformation: New Focus points of Development Studies in the Anthropocene. Speakers: Imme Scholz (German Development Institute), Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam) The event will be recorded and made available online Read more

New in the Global Development Series, Published January 2019

This book brings together multiple critical assessments of the current state and future visions of global development studies. It examines how the field engages with new paradigms and narratives, methodologies and scientific impact, and perspectives from the Global South. The authors focus on social and democratic transformation, inclusive development and global environmental issues, and implications for research practices. Leading academics provide an excellent overview of recent insights for post-graduate students and scholars in these research areas.

The Book

  • Contributes to debates on current state and future visions of international development studies (IDS)
  • Presents contributions of Anglophone, Francophone and Spanish-language social science traditions and academic communities in the global South by leading scholars in the field
  • Discusses recent epistemological and ontological discussions on knowledges and qualities of engaged research


Isa Baud is Emeritus Professor of International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Elisabetta Basile is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.

Tiina Kontinen is Senior Lecturer at the Master Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Susanne von Itter is Executive Director of EADI, Germany.